Decision on women bishops welcomed in East Lancashire

This Is Lancashire: The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, second right, arrives for the General Synod of Church of England meeting at The University of York The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, second right, arrives for the General Synod of Church of England meeting at The University of York

THE leader of Lancashire’s Anglicans, the Right Reverend Julian Henderson, has hailed yesterday’s vote for women bishops in the Church of England as ‘a historic step’.

The Bishop of Blackburn welcomed the move despite his deputy and Bishop of Burnley John Goddard voting against it.

The vote at the Church of England’s ruling General Synod ended a long dispute and could see the first females ordained to its top rank by the end of next year.

Bishop Julian voted against the last proposal in November 2012 because of concerns over the protection of Anglicans opposed to the change but made clear his support in the right circumstances.

Last month he ordained women priests in Blackburn Cathedral, something his predecessors Alan Chesters and Nich- olas Reade declined to do.

Last night Bishop Julian said: “I am delighted General Synod has taken this historic step which means women will now take their place alongside men as Bishops in the future.

“I am fully supportive of women clergy serving in every part of the Church’s leadership.”

Bishop John, who retires at the end of this month said: “The unity of the Church is very important to me. “Anything that could disrupt it I have thought theologically carefully about and then taken a stance.

“On principle therefore I voted against the measure.

“I am pleased we seem to have found a way through in relation to this issue.”

All Anglican Dioceses, including Blackburn, voted in favour of women bishops.

Canon Fleur Green, the Bishop of Blackburn’s adviser on women’s ministry said: “This is a great day for the Church of England.”

Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said there is a “good chance” the first woman bishop would be announced by the end of 2015.

Yesterday’s vote will now go to the ecclesiastical committee of Parliament.

The General Synod will meet again on November 17, to confirm formally that women can become bishops.

It is unlikely any female names will go forward to the Queen and Downing Street until Spring next year with the first women bishops appointed by the end of 2015.

It is hoped that the Right Revere4nd Goddard’s successor as the new Bishop of Burnley will be chosen by the end of the year.

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9:34am Tue 15 Jul 14

b12simon says...

It makes no difference to me whether it's a man or woman spouting mumbo-jumbo at me. I'll ignore priests, bishops, pontiffs or any gender.
It makes no difference to me whether it's a man or woman spouting mumbo-jumbo at me. I'll ignore priests, bishops, pontiffs or any gender. b12simon
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12:43pm Tue 15 Jul 14

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1:37pm Tue 15 Jul 14

abetterblackburn says...

Is there a God?

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I believe that Gods are a product of our imagination in an effort to make some rational reason for our existence. Can anyone prove there really is a God somewhere?
Is there a God? I like to visit churches to admire the architecture. I can’t see anything wrong for anyone believing in a God providing they keep their beliefs to themselves. It’s sometimes annoying when people knock on my door to share their belief. However, not being a believer in any of the many Gods that are supposed to rule our lives I do wish they didn’t want to make everyone believe what they believe in. Give me proof that there is a God but all I see are people hurting themselves and others because of what they believe in! I believe that Gods are a product of our imagination in an effort to make some rational reason for our existence. Can anyone prove there really is a God somewhere? abetterblackburn
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2:19pm Tue 15 Jul 14

333333 says...

Yes. I can show you the evidence today without the need for any belief whatsoever. It's important to remember that ALL the information we currently have on God has arisen from our doubts not our knowledge.

What I can show you will remove all doubt. I can show you the real answer. I can show you where, I can show you what, I can show you when. I can show you how. I can show you now. I can show you the holiest guest ever and I can show you the holiest host ever and if you are ever looking for the holy ghost I can even arrange to show you that.
Yes. I can show you the evidence today without the need for any belief whatsoever. It's important to remember that ALL the information we currently have on God has arisen from our doubts not our knowledge. What I can show you will remove all doubt. I can show you the real answer. I can show you where, I can show you what, I can show you when. I can show you how. I can show you now. I can show you the holiest guest ever and I can show you the holiest host ever and if you are ever looking for the holy ghost I can even arrange to show you that. 333333
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2:21pm Tue 15 Jul 14

333333 says...

All that you are looking for, I can show you.
All that you are looking for, I can show you. 333333
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2:22pm Tue 15 Jul 14

333333 says...

Heaven - no problem.
Heaven - no problem. 333333
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2:33pm Tue 15 Jul 14

GracesDad says...

333333 wrote:
Yes. I can show you the evidence today without the need for any belief whatsoever. It's important to remember that ALL the information we currently have on God has arisen from our doubts not our knowledge.

What I can show you will remove all doubt. I can show you the real answer. I can show you where, I can show you what, I can show you when. I can show you how. I can show you now. I can show you the holiest guest ever and I can show you the holiest host ever and if you are ever looking for the holy ghost I can even arrange to show you that.
Go on then.....
[quote][p][bold]333333[/bold] wrote: Yes. I can show you the evidence today without the need for any belief whatsoever. It's important to remember that ALL the information we currently have on God has arisen from our doubts not our knowledge. What I can show you will remove all doubt. I can show you the real answer. I can show you where, I can show you what, I can show you when. I can show you how. I can show you now. I can show you the holiest guest ever and I can show you the holiest host ever and if you are ever looking for the holy ghost I can even arrange to show you that.[/p][/quote]Go on then..... GracesDad
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2:49pm Tue 15 Jul 14

HelmshoreBoy says...

Women pi$$ in mens' toilet. So what! Move on>
Women pi$$ in mens' toilet. So what! Move on> HelmshoreBoy
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3:53pm Tue 15 Jul 14

333333 says...

I said "I can" show you. I didn't say "I will" show you, but that I can. At the moment you can be shown. "GO ON THEN" doesn't sound very sincere to me and it's not incumbent upon me to show you anything. I have no personal need or duty to show you.

Unless you need to be shown, I'm not going anywhere on anything. So unless you can show in some way that you are honestly interested in finding and fulfiling what you are looking for, I can't see how even the Lord of the Universe in person, could help you.
I said "I can" show you. I didn't say "I will" show you, but that I can. At the moment you can be shown. "GO ON THEN" doesn't sound very sincere to me and it's not incumbent upon me to show you anything. I have no personal need or duty to show you. Unless you need to be shown, I'm not going anywhere on anything. So unless you can show in some way that you are honestly interested in finding and fulfiling what you are looking for, I can't see how even the Lord of the Universe in person, could help you. 333333
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4:06pm Tue 15 Jul 14

333333 says...

Let me just say, in case you are just toying with me.....

There is nothing in your existence or your reality that I cannot show you. I can reveal anything, everything about you that is real, I can reveal and anything about you that is unreal I can remove. Gradually or suddenly or your money back so to speak.
Let me just say, in case you are just toying with me..... There is nothing in your existence or your reality that I cannot show you. I can reveal anything, everything about you that is real, I can reveal and anything about you that is unreal I can remove. Gradually or suddenly or your money back so to speak. 333333
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4:29pm Tue 15 Jul 14

333333 says...

Anyone who is not at peace has not listened to the message of life and without the message of life being seen or heard no one can ever be at peace with life. There are no words.

All God's beings are blind and deaf to life until the moment the message of life is seen, recognised, heard or acknowledged.
Anyone who is not at peace has not listened to the message of life and without the message of life being seen or heard no one can ever be at peace with life. There are no words. All God's beings are blind and deaf to life until the moment the message of life is seen, recognised, heard or acknowledged. 333333
  • Score: -1

4:35pm Tue 15 Jul 14

333333 says...

I don't impose any new rules on men, or judge women.
I don't impose any new rules on men, or judge women. 333333
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4:54pm Tue 15 Jul 14

TONY WALES says...

If women can make your tea, wash your clothes and do other jobs around the house, I don't see any reason they cannot become bishops.

They only have to sing a few hymns,and read out a few prayers on a Sunday.
Hardly rocket science is it?
If women can make your tea, wash your clothes and do other jobs around the house, I don't see any reason they cannot become bishops. They only have to sing a few hymns,and read out a few prayers on a Sunday. Hardly rocket science is it? TONY WALES
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7:43pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Malthus says...

This does not matter to me or affect me in anyway. However, why is comment allowed on this but not not no comment is allowed on the the the points raised in last night night's Dispatches programme. Why can the Lancashire Telegraph allow comment n an even playing field?
This does not matter to me or affect me in anyway. However, why is comment allowed on this but not not no comment is allowed on the the the points raised in last night night's Dispatches programme. Why can the Lancashire Telegraph allow comment n an even playing field? Malthus
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10:42pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Graham Hartley says...

no clapping in class = closing plan panics
no clapping in class = closing plan panics Graham Hartley
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10:51am Wed 16 Jul 14

333333 says...

What do you call the sort of man who can make your heart.
What do you call the sort of man who can make your heart. 333333
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11:59am Thu 17 Jul 14

:-)*_=¬^(~+/@:-) says...

OUR CHURCHES AND CATHEDERALS may just end up with some decent toilet rolls so they can wipe the holy parts that other loo rolls just don't reach
OUR CHURCHES AND CATHEDERALS may just end up with some decent toilet rolls so they can wipe the holy parts that other loo rolls just don't reach :-)*_=¬^(~+/@:-)
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